Posts tagged "sex education"

Bristol Says The Darndest Things

When Bristol Palin got knocked up at age 17, she made national headlines. We applauded her for realizing that “everyone should be abstinent or whatever but it’s not realistic at all,” and we were hopeful (for three seconds) that she would turn this unfortunate situation into a positive one by promoting safe sex.
By: Carrie Wasterlain / May 20, 2009

No More Love For Love Land Theme Park

Chinese officials have shut down China's first sex-themed amusement park before it could open. Love Land was supposed to open this October and inspire people in China to be more open about sex, a taboo subject there, and educate visitors about proper condom use and other sex related topics. But the theme park…
By: Annika Harris / May 19, 2009

What Happens At An Adult Theme Park?

Public discussion of sex is taboo in China, where even kissing your significant other in public is frowned upon. But the builders of an adult theme park are trying to change all that. Love Land will be China's first sexually explicit theme park when it opens in October in the southwestern metropolis of Chongqing. But…
By: Annika Harris / May 15, 2009

Comedy Central Is Going To Educate Your Kids About Sex

Comedy Central, the network which, thanks to "The Daily Show" and "The Colbert Report," has hijacked the news and made it relevant, entertaining, and funny, has greenlighted a TV version of the cult online series "Midwest Teen Sex Show." Despite its title, the show is hardly hardcore and offers valuable sex education informatio…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / May 15, 2009

Meghan McCain Thinks The GOP Doesn’t Understand Sex

Daily Beast columnist Meghan McCain is like an unpredictable lover. Sometimes her columns hit the spot. Others leave me utterly unfulfilled. When she ably took down Laura Ingraham for making fun of her weight and stood up for gay rights, I cheered. This week's column seemed especially promising, given the subject matter.
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / May 8, 2009

Sex Ed Through Text Messaging

If you take a shower before you have sex, are you less likely to get pregnant? Does a normal penis have wrinkles? If my BF doesn’t like me to be loud during sex but I can’t help it, what am I supposed to do? These questions were texted to the Birds and Bee…
By: Annika Harris / May 4, 2009

U.S. Teen Birth Rate Up Again

President Barack Obama has been in office for more than 50 days, but the impact of the previous eight years is still leaving an impression. According to a new report from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics, 2007 marked the second straight year teen birth rates rose in the…
By: Annika Harris / March 19, 2009

Quickies!: Another Naylin’ Paylin Clip!

Whee! Another "Naylin' Paylin" clip! Looks high quality huh? [The Daily Beast] Izzie will start seeing the deceased Denny again on "Grey's Anatomy." [EW.com] Tragic news -- the mother and brother of Oscar-winner (and "American Idol" alum) Jennifer Hudson were reportedly found shot in a home in Chicago -- both are…
By: Annika Harris / October 24, 2008

Quickies!: Ali & Lindsay Lohan May Shack Up?

Lindsay Lohan might have Ali Lohan move in with her because she's such a good influence now. [Celebslam] Celebrity moles. Sweet. [Lemondrop] Sex education is necessary because the average person still can't tell when a celebrity has actually flashed her vagina. [Boinkology]…
By: Leigh Raines / September 12, 2008

Debate This: Should Bristol Palin’s Pregnancy Be Off Limits?

The sudden pregnancy of Bristol Palin is a touchy issue that the media has their paws all over. When John McCain announced that Sarah Palin was his running mate late last week, a firestorm of Internet activity erupted as "skeletons" came crawling out of Palin's closet. But the biggest bombshell -- that 17-year-old Bristol i…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / September 4, 2008

Birth Control Makes You Sterile And Other Lies!

At first glance, Pam Stenzel seems like a pretty good sex educator. As Feministing pointed out, she's got the cool, hip aunt vibe down pat, making her seem approachable to the average kid curious about sex and protection. Too bad she manages to slip in all sort of scary lies into her lectures, like the…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / May 5, 2008

The Daily Squeeze: Diabetes And Pregnancy, Having What You Want, And Teens And Sex Ed

More women are entering their reproductive years with diabetes, and pre-existing diabetes is more likely to lead to miscarriages, stillbirths, and babies with birth defects due to elevated blood sugar during the first trimester. Amelia, this means you need to lay off the leftover Peeps. [Ivanhoe] Research published in Psychological Science suggests that…
By: Catherine Strawn / April 29, 2008

STD Prevention Factoid!

Drinking a cap-full of bleach will not stop the spread of HIV/AIDS. It will, however, turn your insides into mulch. Guess they didn't teach teens in Florida that in abstinence education class. [ABC Action News]…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / April 8, 2008

Teaching Kids About Safe Sex Doesn’t Make Them Go Out And Hump Like Rabbits

In today's "Like, duh?" news, a new study suggests that teaching teens about safe sex not only might lead to less teen pregnancy, but also does not increase the number of sexually active teens or incidents of STDs. Not that the debate over abstinence education versus sex education is going to be over any time…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / March 21, 2008

Twenty-Five Percent Of Teen Girls Have A Zac Efron Poster & An STD

Some good news before we sit down with a bowl of popcorn, a bottle of wine, and that Tivo'd episode of High School Confidential -- one in four teens girls have an STD! The data, from 2003-04, probably reflects current rates of infection, which would coincide with recent government funding for sex education being funneled…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / March 11, 2008

Reading, Writing, and Reproduction

Kindergarten is all about learning the basics -- from the alphabet to addition. With that in mind, lawmakers in the United Kingdom are exploring whether sex should also be included in their public primary schools' curricula across the nation. "This review is a direct response to concerns raised by young people," School Minister Jim Knight…
By: Simcha / February 26, 2008

The Bush Administration Spanks Washington State For Teaching Sex Education

So, the whole issue of government funded abstinence-only education is a confusing one, but we're here to give you the low-down. Basically, the Bush Administration, in an attempt to offset state-funded sex education programs, has given many states millions of dollars in funding for abstinence-only education -- public service announcements and school curriculum promoting abstinence.
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / December 26, 2007

Breaking News: Abstinence-Ed Doesn’t Work!

There's a news story to support the headline above nearly everyday, but the latest has the most expansive evidence that abstinence-only education does not affect sexual behavior in teenagers. The non-partisan group National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy conducted the study and concluded: "At present there does not exist any strong evidence that…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / December 5, 2007
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